10 year LRT anniversary: Chat with Sarah
When did you join BTS and what was your role?
14 November 1994 as an Apprentice Tram Electrician
What is one thing you like to do when you're not working?
I'm an Army Cadet Adult Volunteer. I teach cadets and take them away doing activities such as firing rifles, navigation, adventurous training and drills etc.
What's one fun fact about yourself that people may not know?
In early 1994, not long before I left school, I had a psychic reading on the radio. The lady told me "by the end of the year you will be well on the way with your career". I thought this was rubbish as I was starting college in September and had no idea what I wanted to do career-wise.
After I left school, I wrote to Blackpool Transport about a part-time summer job. They wrote back and told me they were taking on two apprentice tram electricians. I was well up for it and applied. So I didn't go to college, I started at BTS in November 1994 instead!
What's a story from the last ten years on LRT that really sticks out in your memory?
A dog boarded a tram alone at Rossall. The tram crew looked after the dog to Starr Gate. From here, Karen and I looked after the dog in our room at Starr Gate until the owner was found via Facebook and came to collect. Apparently, the lady had been walking him on King Georges's Field and he disappeared! He was very cute and well behaved!
If you wrote a book about the last ten years, what would you call it?
'The Steep Learning Curve'
A book about coming from the old trams and learning how to work on the new trams. It was a steep learning curve to begin with. Also, I'm still learning.
What do you think is the most important part of your job?
To make sure that there are enough trams available for services the next day and keep the trams that are out in service.
Anything else to share with your colleagues?
I really enjoyed working on the old trams and now I really enjoy working on the new ones too. It's been great to be a part of the new tramway and I've enjoyed the new challenge.